Qty:1

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $0.95
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner


List Price: $19.95
Price: $13.94 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $6.01 (30%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
15 new from $9.94 10 used from $5.94
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$13.94
$9.94 $5.94

Deal of the Week: Save 62% on "Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series"
This week only, save on "Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Series". For the first time ever, all 12 seasons are available on 63 discs in one complete collection. Learn more


Frequently Bought Together

The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner + The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 (Book & CD) + Fretless Finger Guide for Full (4/4) Size Violin
Price for all three: $33.28

These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Actors: Janice Tucker Rhoda
  • Directors: Larry Clark
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Carl Fischer/Eko Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F5FMFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner DVD features Janice Tucker Rhoda, the Author of The ABCs of Violin! This is a Violin Training DVD for Young Students, Beginner Adults, New Teachers and Parents wishing to help their children practice at home. This DVD is a powerful supplement to The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 as well as any other method in the market. It covers all the basic, essential points of starting on the instrument! This DVD features basic Music-Note Reading, Left Hand and Finger positions, Right Arm and Bow Hold, Easy Play-along with Mary had a Little Lamb and A Major Scale. Performance and Play-along pieces from The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 including Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Arkansas Traveler, A Shakespeare Play, Home on the Range plus more melodies you know and love. Other Highlights include Parts of the Violin and Bow, Tuning, Attaching the Shoulder Rest, Playing and Rest Positions, About the Mute, About Pizzicato, About the Bow and Rosin, About Finger Graphs, Counting and the Metronome, About Vibrato and Shifting Left-hand Positions, Helpful Hints for Instrument Maintenance, List of Recommended Accessories, Performance Pieces from ABCs of Violin Advanced Books! This DVD can be played in ALL REGIONS around the world.

Review

The ABCs of Violin are a truly valuable resource for every teacher of students in the early stages of exploring the instrument. They are immensely helpful not only in laying the essential groundwork, but also in making the process enjoyable. -- Dorothy DeLay, Violin Pedagogue, Juilliard School

Customer Reviews

The instructor gives very clear explanation step by step which is easy for beginners to follow.
Birdy Chou
There are even music notes at the bottom of the screen to follow while playing in this concentrated 60 minute DVD that is well worth the purchase.
Eleanor
I learned to read music, tune the violin and play Ode to Joy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary had a Little Lamb all in a week!
Lisa Givens

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By V. Norkus on December 30, 2006
Format: DVD
I am a visual art teacher who loves music but has never played any instrument. I thought the violin would be much too complicated until I bought this DVD!!! The teacher, Ms. Rhoda, is so precise about details and gives lots of repetition and reinforcement throughout -- she's VERY VERY THOROUGH!!! I especially like the bow hold section with precise directions for placement of each finger plus all the close-up views from every angle imaginable.

The tuning section makes tuning my violin very easy. I can tune each string right along with the teacher.

I completely understand where the finger dots go on the violin after her explanations throughout (these dots were easy to get at any store).

Everything is verbally explained and visually demonstrated in detail so that there are no questions left!!

Ms. Rhoda's perfomance of the musical pieces at the very end of the DVD is SO VERY INSPIRING! It makes my learning of the violin seem like so much fun and makes me want to continue learning.

THIS DVD IS TERRIFIC!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Givens on April 10, 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD along with the ABC's of Violin book 1 was a great way for me to start violin. I learned to read music, tune the violin and play Ode to Joy, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Mary had a Little Lamb all in a week!

It has everything you need if you are a stark beginner like me. I never played another instrument before but learned the music staff on screen, how to hold the violin and bow, pizzicato the strings, play with the bow. The actress who is the author of the book makes things clear and you can play along with her. It is a lot of fun!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
78 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Cathie Beck on February 13, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I find this DVD very helpful in learning to play violin at home without a private

teacher or class instruction, and feel it's a good supplement for violin students

with a teacher or class instruction of all ages as well.

It's easy to follow, it's imformative, and it's encouraging for the absolute begin-

ner, which I am at 58.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hervian Rose on October 6, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It costs less than taking a lesson. (If you live where lessons are less expensive, consider the cost of gas)
The book and the video are a team. My 10 year old is able to self teach from them and is doing very well.
I am very pleased with the combo. She does recommend that you have a teacher help you select a violin but goes over tuning, posture and position, how to take a bow, even. The tunes are performed, which will help "stabilize" a beginner's pitch. Sure a teacher is great but if you can't afford it or are in an isolated area like we are, this will work.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Srikrishna on January 4, 2007
Format: DVD
It seems to be a very short video session in the beginning but Rhoda is an excellent teacher. She packs everything in 1 hour session. Its especially beneficial for beginners - they can how to hold the violin, bow and playing notes. Only lacking is an accompanying book with the shipment and briefing on the musical language - staffs, cleffs, halfnotes, etc. Had it been more in the video as well as an accompanying book, it would be the best material in single go.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Giles on April 21, 2006
Format: DVD
Just loving using this DVD along with the ABCs of Violin Book 1!! Great combo... the actress/teacher is delightful and gives clear directions. Reading, posture, finger placement, etc. etc. is shown clearly.

Playing along is so much fun!

Took all my fears away about playing a musical instrument since I've never had the experience. Thank you for this product!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kult on March 28, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD covers some great information for the beginner, and is a MUST HAVE if you're teaching yourself the violin rather than having a personal instructor. However, if you're working with a personal instructor, you probably don't need this DVD unless the recommend it.

A word of caution, however: This DVD does NOT cover the Vol. I book. I was under the impression it did... I was hoping it would give us a visual step-through of the Vol. 1 exercises and play the songs (especially the duets in the back of Vol. I. She does play the more popular songs in Book 1 (4 or 5 of them) in the "Performances" section, but it doesn't show the music, nor does she have you "play along with" her. I guess you have to now buy the Vol. 1 CD in order to get that kind of instruction (ugh, more $$)?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stan Richter on February 23, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
We sparked our five year old son's interest through this DVD and he was SO excited to get an instrument after watching. After starting lessons, we still went back to this DVD to address the questions we had in between lessons - so many things will go wrong at first with all you have to remember about posture, where your elbows are, how to hold the bow, the feet, etc.,etc. The pace is perfect for both of us - I am a professional pianist and am learning alongside my son. The selected works make for realistic performance aims for people just starting out, rather than being too difficult and frustrating for the younger student. We do some things differently at lessons (ie without the marking tape) but there is something to be learned from every teacher in a chosen field.

The adult learner could always supplement getting this DVD along with DVDs of Oistrach, Milstein, et al for even more inspiration. But as Leopold Mozart in his treatise says, without mastering the very basics and getting the first position notes really under your belt, you're not going to get very far. And it is amazing how much a beginner student can forget things or develop a new bad habit in the course of a week.

I would highly recommend this series. Rhoda speaks very clearly and you will have confidence after practicing alongside her performances. There are actually slight variations of technique at this stage going from one teacher to another but here is a concise method in one neat package that will set you off to a great start. I have found many teachers to be less organized and have temperaments to boot. For my son the squeaky weeks were short-lived and he has survived through the 'straighten that bow!' stage with a love of the instrument still remaining. I heard many parents complain that's about when they all quit.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in